Today we interview James Valliant, author of the important book “Creating Christ: How Roman Emperors Invented Christianity”. This interview is basically a question-led interview and long answers to the relatively few questions which were required.
The thesis of Creating Christ is that Christianity is the result of Roman propaganda in the first and second centuries. Designed to pacify Messianic Jews and to integrate them into Roman society.
This might not seem to be an important subject or a probable claim, but it really is. If Christianity and its proper place in the history of the West is to be understood, it is important that the true nature of Christianity is understood.
But, is this claim true? Yes, as you will discover when you listen to the podcast and or read the transcript.
You can also purchase Creating Christ here, among other places.
This episode is about one hour and fifty-six minutes long. As a result, we have not implemented the episode transcript in the usual form. We have provided a transcript in an edited and more formal form. It is much like a formal written answer to the question, however the questions do very closely match the content of the audio.
However, please note that there may be minor mistakes in the transcript. I have done my best to clean up any spellling and grammatical errors, however, due to time constraints, it has not been possible to edit out all possibility of such.